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Lu exits Winston-Salem in semi-final

CLOSE MATCH:The Taiwanese player had his chances in a tight semi-final, with a 4-1 lead in the first set and a 5-2 advantage in the second before losing the third 4-6

AP, WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina

Tawain’s Lu Yen-hsun returns to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during their match at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, on Friday.

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Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun went down to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the Winston-Salem Open in three sets on Friday. The seventh-seeded Rosol edged Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in their semi-final.

Lu was bidding to reach his second final, after losing to John Isner in Auckland earlier this year.

“It was a very close match and both of us had many chances to win,” the 31 year old told the ATP Web site. “Suddenly I played two bad service games and I was not focusing and putting energy into the court. He overpowered me from the baseline.”

“It’s nothing to complain about, but if I played a few points better the score would have turned to my side,” Lu added. “Of course he deserved to win today.”

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland advanced to the final after defeating Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the final tuneup for next week’s US Open.

“I’ve been trying to get ready for the hard-court season, but the practice matches were no good for me,” said Rosol, who should crack the top 30 in the world rankings for the first time after his win. “But I’m happy with my results this week. I hope I’m not finished yet.”

Rosol took a key service break from Lu to go up 5-4 in the third set, and then saved three break points while serving out the match to advance to his third ATP Tour final this year.

“All the games were pretty tough,” said Rosol, who made it to the semi-finals after top-seed Isner of the US withdrew on Thursday because of a sprained ankle. “On my serve, there was a couple times when I went down 30-love and came back. There was a time when [Lu] went down 40-love on his serve and came back.

“It was always up and down, so we had to stay with our mind on the court and stay focused all the time.”

Lu, who had beaten Rosol in their only previous meeting last year in Thailand, had his chances in the tight semi. He used a service break to go up 4-1 in the first set before Rosol rallied, and nearly blew a 5-2 advantage in the second set before winning the set.

Janowicz broke Querrey four times in the final six games of the second and third sets.

“It definitely was an extremely tough match,” Janowicz said. “I didn’t play my best tennis today. I was fighting to the end. It’s always nice to win that kind of match.”

Despite serving 18 aces, Querrey had trouble controlling his serve, making just 52 percent of his first serves with six double faults. While he broke Janowicz’s serve four times, he also blew three break opportunities.

“A lot of them, he hit a serve that was too big or hit a serve that I barely got in,” said Querrey, who was trying to make his first tournament final of the year.

Janowicz had a scare early in the third set, calling out a trainer for treatment on his left foot.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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